New K-9 unit to sniff out crime


LANGKAWI: The newly established K-9 unit here will further strengthen the police force’s crime prevention efforts at the popular tourist destination, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

The Inspector-General of Police said he was confident several cases could be solved very soon and that the police would succeed in fighting crimes with the services of the five “detective dogs”.

“We saw the need to set up this unit to support the police force here as Langkawi attracts travellers from all over the world, ” he told reporters after launching the K-9 unit under the Langkawi CID technical assistance division yesterday.

Also present was Kedah police chief Comm Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan.

Abdul Hamid said four of the dogs would be tasked with detecting explosives and drugs, while the other canine would be deployed for criminal cases.

With the new unit, the public, especially tourists, would have more confidence in the level of security on the island, he added.

All smiles: Abdul Hamid (third from left) chatting with officers from the unit after the launch. — BernamaAll smiles: Abdul Hamid (third from left) chatting with officers from the unit after the launch. — Bernama

Abdul Hamid said the police had a total of 118 trained K9 handlers along with 72 active dogs.

“We have plans to enlist the help of more dogs as 45 of them are semi-retired and less active, ” he said.

On another matter, the country’s top cop said a compound would be issued to local celebrity Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her husband Haris Ismail if investigations showed that the couple had breached the Covid-19 standard operating procedure during their recent visit to Langkawi.

He said interstate travel permission was given to Neelofa, 32, for work purposes only.

Ring of fire:  A K9 unit member conducting a demonstration during the unit’s launch  in Langkawi.  — BernamaRing of fire: A K9 unit member conducting a demonstration during the unit’s launch in Langkawi. — Bernama

However, several photos shared by the entrepreneur on social media appeared to show the couple doing leisure activities.

“If she fails to provide evidence, we will issue a compound to her and investigate whether it was part of her business visit.

“(Based on the photos), it looks like they were doing leisure activities, which is not allowed because she comes from a state placed under the conditional movement control order, ” he said, adding that the police would not practise double standards in taking action against any SOP violator.

On the case involving Nur Sajat, Abdul Hamid said police were still tracking down the cosmetics entrepreneur and urged the latter, who is overseas, to return. — Bernama

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